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what someone is called:
of a person[countable]
Her name is Mandy Wilson.
What's your name?
Can I have your last name?
She called him by his first name (=she used his first name when talking to him).
Please leave your full name (=complete name) and address with reception.
She didn't give (=say) her name.
I heard someone call (=say or shout) my name.
Sign your name (=write it) on the dotted line.
Can you put my name on the list?
It's a big school but the principal knows everyone by name (=can recognize everyone and address them by their name).
I knew him by name only (=I knew his name, but didn't know what he looked like).
under the name (of) something (=using a different name from your real name)
HH Munro wrote under the name Saki.
(go) by the name of something (=used to say that someone has or uses a particular name)
a young politician who went by the name of Tony Blair
what a thing, organization, or place is called
of a thing or place[countable]
What's the name of the street?
The name of the company has changed.
Edo was the ancient name for Tokyo.
The flower's common name (=name that is used by ordinary people, not its scientific name) is forget-me-not.
the opinion that people have about a person or organization [= reputation]:
He didn't want to do anything to damage the good name of the company.
The restaurant got a bad name for slow service.
They give the rest of the fans a bad name.
The company has a name for reliability.
make your name/make a name for yourself (=become famous for something)
He quickly made a name for himself in the Parisian art world.
clear your name (=prove that you did not do something bad or illegal)
a person, company, or product that is very famous or is known by many people
famous person/company/product[countable] informal
some of the biggest names in show business
It made the company into a household name (=a very well known person or thing).
to use unpleasant words to describe someone in order to insult or upset them:
The other kids used to call me names.
call somebody all the names under the sun (=use many unpleasant words)
if something is in someone's name, it officially belongs to them or is for them to use:
The house is in my husband's name.
I've booked a table in the name of Steinmann.
as someone else's official representative:
I claim this land in the name of the King!
something that seems to be appropriate for or deserved by a particular person:
The match had England's name on it (=they will win it).
using religion, freedom etc as the reason why something is done - used especially when you disapprove of what someone is doing:
cruel experiments on animals carried out in the name of science
the things people do in the name of love
to have or own something - used to emphasize that someone has very little or a lot of something:
He died without a penny to his name (=very poor).
He didn't have a qualification to his name.
the most important thing in a particular activity or situation:
Quality, that's the name of the game.
used to say that someone is not able to say what something is called:
I know the tune but I can't put a name to it.
to talk about someone without showing respect for them:
How dare you take the Lord's name in vain (=swear using a word such as 'God' or 'Jesus')?
if a situation exists in name only, it does not really exist even though officially people say it does:
a democracy in name only
He was president in name only.
if something is true in all but name, it is really true, even though people do not officially say that it is true:
She was his wife in all but name.
used to say that people are angry with someone because of something he or she has done - used especially humorously:
If anything goes wrong, your name will be mud.
➔ drag somebody's name through the mudat drag1 (10), pen nameWORD FOCUS: name
someone's first name: first name, given name especially AmE, Christian name
someone's family name: family name, last name, surname, maiden name (a woman's family name before she gets married)
the name between your first and last name: middle name
all of the words of someone's name: full name
when someone writes their name: signature, autograph (of a famous person)
a name used instead of someone's real name: nickname a short name used by someone's friends or family
pen name/pseudonym a name used by a writer
stage name the name used by an actor
false name, alias a name used especially by a criminal
under an assumed name using a false name in order to hide your identity
the name of a thing: title the name of a book, film, picture etc
common name the name for a plant, animal, substance etc used by ordinary people
scientific name the name used by scientists
term a word or phrase used in technical contexts